Alan Borrowman

Associate (FIChemE, MSc) Aberdeen, UK


Alan Borrowman, a Fellow of the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers, gained his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering in 1970 and initially worked in fine chemicals, gaining experience at a senior level in process design and project management. For the last 20 years he has provided risk management and integrity assurance services within capital design projects in the oil & gas industry, and has managed two UK-based technical risk and safety management consultancies since 2001. During this time, he has travelled widely to chair HAZOP, HAZID, SIL assessments, design peer reviews, and has carried out technical audits of major engineering projects.

He has developed project risk management awareness and practitioner courses, delivered the in-house HAZOP team leadership training for Shell International, and lectured to the I.Chem.E.’s Process Safety and Loss Prevention M.Sc. course at Sheffield University. He has evaluated safety and business critical systems of hardware, procedures and personnel, such as verification schemes and hazard management systems, and produced performance standards for designers and operators to meet these requirements.

From his career experience he has evolved the philosophy that the correct application of reasoning about safety or business risk at the right time is a driver for project cost reduction as well as avoiding harm. He now divides his time between safety consultancy and running a company utilising oil & gas technology to produce energy by underground coal gasification.

Key Strengths

  • Chemical Process Engineer with multi-discipline design experience

  • Project engineering management experience

  • Trained & experienced in Risk Management techniques

  • Experienced in Hazard Management & Loss Prevention

  • Trainer in Technical Risk Management for blue chip company


  • Chartered Engineer

  • Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham  1969

  • M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham  1970

  • Diploma in Management Studies, Liverpool Polytechnic 1974

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